Number of Evangelicals Grows in Economically Troubled Times in Brazil

The IBGE estimates that 14,000 evangelical churches are opened annually in the country and almost thirty percent of all Brazilians today declare themselves to be Evangelicals.

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Recent economic crises in Brazil have led to the expansion of the Evangelical population in the country, shows a recent study. The result has an effect on government policies, since this movement favors the selection of candidates linked to this faith.

The authors of the study claim that Brazilians negatively affected by economic crises become more susceptible to the strong pragmatic rhetoric of problem solution found in one’s faith, presented by evangelical religions.

“We find that regions more exposed to economic distress experienced a persistent rise both in Pentecostal affiliation and in the vote share . . .

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